Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jeremy Bigwood on US subversion

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: JEREMY BIGWOOD

October 11, 2008 - This morning at a press conference in La Paz, American photo and investigative journalist, Jeremy Bigwood, revealed new documents uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other sources that show clear US government interference in Bolivia´s internal affairs.

Of the seven original documents shown during the press conference, and available online at the reporters blog as of 11am this morning: http://boliviamatters.wordpress.com / Mr. Bigwood made reference to two documents that showed clear intent on the part of the US government and its international development agencies to weaken Bolivia's President Evo Morales' MAS political party and foster opposition to the current government.

At the Radisson Hotel in La Paz, where the press conference was held, the American journalist presented a leaked internal email between USAID employees working in Bolivia. According to Bigwood, the email showed that "former Ambassador Philip Goldberg worked through various US government entities, including United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in an attempt to cultivate opposition and in at least one case to attempt to provide support to create indigenous organizations to confront the MAS party and Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales."

Journalists who attended the press conference received copies of the original documents uncovered by Mr. Bigwood and had the opportunity to ask questions following his presentation. As this is an ongoing investigation, Mr. Bigwood also provided information on where soon to be revealed information could be found over the coming months and cited his blog on Bolivia.

hat tip: Democratic Underground

1 comment:

Bina said...

Holy shucking fit. I'm shocked...SHOCKED!

Well, actually...I figured this would come to light sooner or later. Remember a little oil-soaked place called Venezuela? And a little lady named Eva Golinger?

Now, I just wonder when they're gonna get around to FOIA-ing on Ecuador. I betcha El Ecuadorable has enemies in Washington...I just betcha!